Eponine Posted June 13, 2011 Share Posted June 13, 2011 I agree that book Shae != TV Shae, but for those that are calling for the actress's head, how important to the story do you really think it is that Shae be so naive and inexperienced as she is depicted in the books? Shae isn't so much an important character as she is an important presence. She's a device that gives Tyrion the weakness of thinking with the wrong head, of exposing his need to be loved and have that sexual connection and release. The details of her personality don't really matter at all to the overall story. People bitching about this are engaging in pedantic purism.For me, it's more about chemistry than getting every last detail exactly like the book. The actress could fail to look and behave as I'd envisioned book Shae, yet have such instant chemistry with and allure for Tyrion that it wiped away all the differences. (For example, when I first saw the casting for Lysa, I thought oh that's not right, but she captured the essence of a fairly minor character while looking quite different from the book description). IMO, for Shae to work, we need to be able to be able to deceive ourselves with Tyrion. It would be theoretically possible to do this with a Shae who acted more courtesan and less naive camp follower, although it still wouldn't be a change I'd welcome. But what I'm not feeling here is any chemistry - any reason for Tyrion to put aside his distrust and get so totally caught up in his self-deception. After all, he's had many other whores, alluded to both in the show and the books. I don't feel like he's captivated by her presence, charmed by her, seeing in her the memory of being in love. I don't feel like she's drawing him in, pretending to be pleased by him, offering him an escape. And if I the viewer don't feel it, why should I believe that Tyrion does? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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